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Senior Research Seminar: Plato Gorgias

Seminars will be at 16:30 to 18:30 every Thursday throughout Lent and Easter in room 1.11. The line numbers follow Dodds’ edition.

*The 23 April, and 7 May Meetings will begin at 18:05 and end at 20:00.


  • 16 January - 476a7–481b5     Punishment
  • *23 January - 481b6–485e2     Callicles steps in
  • 30 January - 485e3–490a8     Callicles on justice and power
  • *6 February - 490b1–494b7     Self-rule and moderation: the stories of the jars
  • 13 February - 494b7–497d7     Pleasure and pain 
  • 20 February - 497d8–500e2     Goodness and badness, pain and pleasure
  • 27 February - 500e3–504e4     The good orator
  • 5 March - 504e5–508a8      Socrates argues with himself
  • 12 March - 508a8–512d6     Justice and self-help


  • *23 April - 512d6–516d5     Evaluating Pericles
  • 30 April - 516d5–520a6     Athens is a ‘swollen, festering sore’
  • *7 May - 520a6–522e8      ‘The true science of politics’
  • 14 May - 523a1–527e7      The myth


We will be reading Plato Gorgias. Please bring along a text. 

Everyone interested in the Gorgias is welcome.  Although this is the 'senior research seminar', the B Caucus positively encourages young people, people from other caucuses and indeed philosophical people with no affiliation with the B Caucus to attend.




Meets in room 1.11, Faculty of Classics, at 17:00; tea available outside 1.11 from 16:30. 


3 February

Margaret Hampson (Trinity College, Dublin)

The Learner's Motivation and the Structure of Habituation in Aristotle


17 February

Rachel Barney (Toronto)

Platonic Predication





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